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Ken Buchanan vs Ruben Navarro

Ken Buchanan vs Ruben Navarro

Date: 12th February 1971

Venue: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA

Title: WBC & WBA World Lightweight Titles

Promoter: Olympic Boxing - Aileen Eaton

Ken Buchanan
( 38 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 134 1/2 lbs

Ruben Navarro
( 24 - 2 - 2 )
Weight: 135 lbs

Undisputed World Lightweight Champion Ken Buchanan made his first defence at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California against local fighter Ruben Navarro. The Scotsman had won the title in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Ismael Laguna five months earlier.

A non-title 10 round points win over unbeaten Canadian Donato Paduano (22-0-0) at Madison Square Garden was the only action Buchanan enjoyed since his title-winning effort over Laguna.

Navarro came in at 72 hours notice after Buchanan's original opponent, Mando Ramos, pulled out with a groin injury, although he was in training for a February 25th meeting with Jimmy Robertson.

Navarro did well in the early rounds by rushing the normally composed champion, taking him out of his stride but, Buchanan settled down and ran out a clear winner on the judge's scorecards.

Scores: Arthur Mercante 9-4 | Harry Gibbs 9-2 | Lee Grossman 9-4. 

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